Saturday, February 03, 2007

...Cause You Can't Have One Without the Other

Hypo-chon-dria…
Cyber-chon-dria…
Go together like the net and in-somnia…
This, I tell ya brother…
You can’t have one, without the oth-er!

Okay, that was lame. Let this be a lesson to you all! Do not let your anti-social tendencies control you; you can only lock yourself in the house for so many weekends, without loosing your mind.

But really, cyberchondria and hypochondria do go hand in hand. How the hypos of centuries past got by without the net is beyond me.

I’d never even heard of cyberchondria until a couple weeks ago. But, after learning about it, I can’t imagine being a hypo, without being a cybo(?). So, that makes me wonder if resisting the “evil” call of the net, to search for potential diseases, is part of the cure.

Personally, I know every couple months when I go on my breast cancer kick, I find myself incessantly reading, and seeking out articles about young girls dying from the disease. Obsessively reading and re-reading the symptoms. Man, kinda creepy, when you think about it.

So, when it comes to surfing the net in a fit of hypochondria, how about some words of wisdom from Harvard Med School’s Dr. Barsky: “Don’t do it.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Leila...I am so glad to find this site! I think I am a hypochondriac and a cyberchondriac...it's starting to really bother me. Good to know I'm not alone!

Leila V. said...

Glad to hear you can relate! I guess that means I'm not alone either. ;)

Christina said...

I'm surprised at how many people actually think they are alone. I believe this also contributes to hypochondria. We believe that we're the only ones who have experienced our symptoms. I have to confess that I am a hypochondriac as well, and the net does increase my fears. The call of the internet's wealth of information is like a drug and it's very hard to resist. I'm not truly happy until I've googled a symptom. I follow my nervous 'high' ,or actually low, until I slowly let the anxiety subside. Addiction is hard to beat no matter what a person is addicted too. I only hope that we can beat this addiction.